13 September, 2017
The third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport debuts at Frankfurt and promises more potency thanks to lighter weight and more torque from a turbocharged engine. Suzuki has even equipped the Swift Sport with gauges indicating turbo pressure and oil temperature, which is lacking in many more powerful sports!
Compared to an everyday Swift, the roughly 2100-pound Sport injects some muscle via a 138-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four.
In place of the previous model's 1.6-litre Boosterjet engine the new auto is fitted with a 1.4-litre version, turbocharged for the first time.
Add to that a curb weight that has dropped by 80 kg (176 lb) to just 970 kg (2,138 lb), and you begin to understand why the 2018 Swift Sport is quicker than its predecessor.
The kerb weight of the brand's popular performance model - which Suzuki now says can be regarded as a genuine hot hatch - has been cut by some 80kg.
The advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models have been further refined in the new model, with greater driving stability, optimized roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response. Another reason is the updated, stiffer suspension. The 17-inch polished alloy wheels and dual exhausts also help send the hot hatch message. It's more aggressive and emotive, but we've also refined the elements that make it practical to use every day-the clutch feel, the manual transmission shift throw, the seats and steering wheel.
The Swift Sport comes as standard with a Bluetooth-compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio Display unit with a 7-inch touchscreen and SD Card 3D-map navigation.